Previous events


October 17th
DOUGLAS FORSYTH (St Andrews), Cycladic Vineculture and Wine-making in Ancient and Modern Times: A wine-tasting event.

November 16th
DR SCOTT TIMPANY (Archaeology program leader, UHI), Woodlands under the Waves: Investigating submerged forests in the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland. – Jointly with the Archaeological Society

February 6th
DR ABIGAIL GRAHAM (University of Warwick), Reinscribing History: Does the condemnation of monument remove a memory or immortalise a failure?                                                      Kindly supported by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.

February 27th
DR DAWN HOLLIS (St Andrews), ‘The plain and truest proof of its own nature’: The Perception and Reception of Mount Etna from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century.
Co-organised with the Archaeological Society of St Andrews

March 6th
PROF IOANNIS XYDOPOULOS (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), The Macedonian expansion in the 7th and 6th centuries BC.


27th September, 5.30pm: Opening Party

8th November, 5.15pm: Public lecture by Chris White ‘Abducting a General – Patrick Leigh Fermor and the Second World War’ (jointly with the Archaeology Society)

24th January, 5.15pm: Public lecture by Roderick Beaton ‘Why did the Greek Revolution break out in 1821?’ (sponsored by the SPHS)

7th February, 5.15pm: Public lecture by Elizabeth Fowden ‘King Solomon, Perikles and the Parthenon Mosque’ (sponsored by the School of Classics)

21st February, 5.15pm: Public lecture by Alex Long ‘Immortality in early Greek poetry and philosophy’

28th March, 5.00pm: Film showing Uranya (2006), followed by live Q&A with the director Costas Kapakas – N.B. Venue: School II, United College (St Salvators)

2015 – 2016

13 October 2015
Opening party – starting at 5.30pm

27 October 2015
Lecture: “The Animal World of the Caeretan Hydriai”
Dr Sian Lewis (University of St Andrews)

24 November 2015
Lecture: “The Past as Memory, the Present as Aesthetics, the Future as Ethics: C.P.Cavafy in Queer Time”
Dr Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford)

23 February 2016
Lecture: “Oresteia in 2015″
Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent)
Co-sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

1 March 2016
Lecture: “The Scottish-Hellenic Connection: The Third Marquess of Bute (1847-1900)”
Dr Ruth Macrides (University of Birmingham)
Joint lecture with the Archaeology Society

29 March 2016
Lecture: “Greek Wines: Ancient and Modern”
Mr Mark Savage M.W.

19 April 2016
Lecture: “The Spectre of Comparisons: The Greek Crisis, Antiquity and the Politics of the Past”Prof. Dimitris Tziovas (University of Birmingham)


30 September 2014, 5.30pm, S11
Opening Party: Greek food and music, memberships, and all round fun!

14 October 2014, 5.30pm, S11
‘Skeletal variation in modern Greeks: Applications in forensic casework’
Dr Elena Kranioti, Edinburgh Unit for Forensic Anthropology, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh

3 December 2014, 4pm, School III
Film screening: All Cats Are Brilliant
Followed by discussion with the director Constantina Voulgaris

10 February 2015, 5.30pm, S11
‘From Basileus to Padishah: Alexander in the Ottoman Empire’
Dr Dimitri Kastritsis, School of History, St Andrews

24 February 2015, 5.30pm, S11
‘Plato’s Women Readers’
Dr Crystal Addey, School of Classics, St Andrews

21 April 2015, 5.30pm, S11
‘Stuff and “Nonsense”: Women’s Things and the Reconfiguration of Deliberation in Aristophanes’
Dr Jon Hesk, School of Classics, St Andrews

30 April 2015, 8pm, School I (St Salvator’s Quad)
‘The Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology Project: new research at the oldest submerged town in the world’
Dr Jon Henderson, Department of Archaeology, Nottingham [joint lecture with the Archaeology Society]

2013 – 2014

1st October 2013, 7pm, S11
Welcome party and registration

8th October 2013, 8pm, S11
‘Sacred Architecture in Medieval Thessaly’
Prof. Yannis Varalis, Thessaly

22nd October 2013, 8pm, S11
‘Monuments and Maidens: The Allegory of Greek Form’
Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Glasgow

29th October 2013, 6pm, Main Hall, All Saints’ Church  (North Castle Street, St Andrews, KY16 9BG)
Greek dance seminar

12th November 2013, 6pm, S11
Greek film night
A Touch of Spice / ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΗ Κουζίνα (2003)

26th November 2013, 8pm, S11
‘Fifty Years after the 1963 Nobel Prize: George Seferis, Music and Greekness’
Dr Polina Tambakaki, KCL

3rd December 2013, time 7pm, S11
‘The Sweetness of Tears in Greek and Scottish Music’
Prof. Margaret Alexiou, Harvard / Edinburgh
Sponsored by the School of Classics
Followed by Christmas celebration with traditional sweets

13th February 2014, 6pm, S11
‘The Social Dynamics of Dedication: The Delian Inventories of the Third Century’
Dr Christy Costantakopoulou, Birkbeck [SPHS-sponsored]

29th March 2014
‘A Greek Day in Edinburgh’
Organised by Dr Robin Barber, and supported by all Scottish-Hellenic Societies
Please book by 17th February (Greek day BOOKING)

13th April 2014, 6.30pm, Main Hall, All Saints’ Church  (North Castle Street, St Andrews, KY16 9BG)
Greek dance seminar 2

1st May 2014, 8pm, School I
‘The Fate of Towns and Cities in Early and Middle Byzantine Greece’
Dr Archie Dunn, Birmingham [Joint Lecture with the Archaeology Society]


Thursday, 2nd May 2013
Knossos and Crete in the Roman Empire
Dr Rebecca Sweetman (St Andrews)

Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Grecanici: Greek Diaspora or Autochthonous populations?
Dr. Stavroula Pipyrou (St Andrews)


Tuesday 11th October 2011
Opening Party & Membership registration
5:30-7:00 in the Classics Library

Tuesday 1st November 2011
The Making of “Body Bags”
Prof. Robert Crawford (St. Andrews)

Tuesday 29th November 2011
Emotions in Early Plato
Prof. Robert Zaborowski (University of Warmia and Mazury) *Co-Sponsored by St Andrews Classics Department

Thursday 8th December 2011
Knossos & Crete in the Roman Empire
Dr. Rebecca Sweetman (St. Andrews) **Joint talk with Archaeology Society, School 1, 8:00 pm

Tuesday 17th April 2012
C.P. Cavafy and the Not-So-Naughty Nineties
Prof. David Ricks (Kings College London)

Tuesday 8th May 2012
The Role of Greek Linguistic and Cultural Analysis in Queer Readings of the Bible
Dr. Keith Sharpe


Tuesday 5th October 2010
Opening Party & Membership registration

Tuesday November 16th
An Empire of Pleasure? Concubinage and the Royal Harem in Ancient Persia
Dr. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Edinburgh)

Tuesday 7th December
Warfare in the Byzantine World
Dr. Frank Trombley (Cardiff)

Tuesday 22nd February
Heroic Manoeuvres in the Dark: Vision and Perception in Iliad 10.
Dr. Jon Hesk (St. Andrews)

Tuesday 15th March
Sir James Frazer, Greece and Pausanias
Prof. Robert Fraser (Open University)

Tuesday April 12th
The new Prometheus: why Byron went to fight in the Greek Revolution
Prof. Roderick Beaton (King’s College) *SPHS speaker for 2011

Tuesday May 10th
The Crying Game: Tears in Greek and Roman Oratory
Prof. Jon Hall (University of Otago) **Co-Sponsored by St Andrews Classics Department


Tuesday 20th October
Opening Party & Membership registration

Tuesday 3rd November
‘To the Island’. Writer Meaghan Delahunt will read from her work and discuss the importance of Greece to her creative life
Meaghan Delahunt (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 1st December
God’s Chronicle and Man’s Story: Christian and Secular Narrative in Byzantium
Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Tuesday 9th February 2009
New Year’s Party

Tuesday 6th March
Vestigia Dei: Divine Feet, Footprints and Footwear as signs of divine visitation
Georgia Petridou (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 23rd March
The Role of Byzantium in the Ottoman World
Dimitris Kastritsis (University of St Andrews)


Tuesday 9th October 2007
Opening Party & Membership registration

Tuesday 16th October
Who needed Pausanias’ Periegesis? The significance of a description of Greece in the second century AD.
Dr. Maria Pretzler (Swansea University)

Tuesday 30th October
Greek Dancing

Tuesday 20th November
The Constantinople Water Supply
Professor Jim Crow (University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday 11th December
Greek Movie

Tuesday 19th February 2008
Demosthenes and Athnian Politics
Dr. Polly Low (University of Manchester)

Tuesday 11th March
Greek Movie

Tuesday 25th March
Greek Dancing

Tuesday 15th April
Eastern Approaches: Byzantium and Armenia 600-1045.
Dr. Tim Greenwood


Tuesday 10th October 2006
Opening Party & Registration

Tuesday 17th October
Late Antique and Byzantine Constantinople in the light of recent archaeological work
Professor Paul Magdalino (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 21st November
Crossing National Borders: Greek Literature today
Professor Dimitris Tziovas (University of Birmingham)

Tuesday 28th November
Greek Movie

Tuesday 12th December
Between the cultural landscape and the excavation trench: site-wide geophysical usrveys in Greece
Dr. Michael Boyd (University of Sheffield)

Tuesday 20th February 2007
True Portraiture? Reconstructing Ancient Faces
Dr. John Prag (University of Manchester)

Tuesday 27th February
Greek Movie/Dancing

Tuesday 13th March
The psychology of victimhood in classical Athenian judicial curses
Dr. Ralph Anderson (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 10th April
Greek Dancing

Tuesday 17th April
Private History: Documenting War in Film (movie & discussion)
Professor Dina Iordanova (University of St Andrews)


Tuesday 4th October 2005
Opening Party & Registration

Tuesday 18th October
Greek Athletics in the Roman Empire
Dr. Jason König (University of St Andrews

Tuesday 25th October
Greek Dancing

Tuesday 15th November
The Villa Dionysos at Knossos
Sara Paton (British School at Athens)

Tuesday 29th November
Greek Movie

Tuesday 6th December
The Ancient Churches of Syria
Professor Hugh Kennedy (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 13th December
Greek Dancing

Tuesday 21st February 2006
The Temple of Apollo at Delphi: Fourth-Century Developments and Meanings?
Dr. Judith Barringer (University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday 28th February
Greek Movie

Tuesday 14th March
Living in the mountains: ancient Arkadia
Professor James Roy (University of Nottingham)

Tuesday 11th April
Byzantine Travellers
Dr. Ruth Macrides (Birmingham University)

Tuesday 18th April
Greek Movie


Tuesday 5th October 2004
Opening Party & Registration

Tuesday 12th October
Happy Families: Athenian vase-painting and social history
Dr. Sian Lewis (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 26th October
Greek Dancing

Tuesday 23rd November
The undesirability of the desirable: antiquities collections
Dr. Neil Brodie (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday 30th November
Superficial Spartans: Intensive Survey in Lconia, Greece
Professor Chris Mee (University of Liverpool)

Tuesday 14th December
Greek Dancing

Tuesday 15th February 2005
Between two worlds: Greek Painting in the 19 & 20 centuries [AD]
Dr. Robin Barber (History of Art, University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday 8th March
A continent as big as China: Hellenism in the life and work of George Seferis
Professor Roddy Beaton (Kings College London)

Tuesday 19th April
Drinking in Ancient Greece
Clare Kelly (University of Leicester)